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Starting a co-operative

sign from a local food co-op

Co-ops are any place run by its members, for its members. Instead of shareholders, there are stakeholders. For example, a housing co-op is owned run by the people who live there, a food co-op is owned run by people who buy that food and a workplace co-op is owned run by the workers. There's no middleman making money off of people's labours. The people who own and manage the co-op are also the ones who use it.

Co-ops are anti-hieratical and operate more horizontally. Everyone has an equal stake in the co-op and therefore has an equal say about how things are run. Some co-operatives use elected board members to make decisions but smaller co-ops just decide how things are run amongst themselves. There's typically more control and direct involvement in smaller co-ops.


Asia Pacific Currents

Workers in the Syrian uprising

February 11, 2012
| Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region and an interview with Ms. Rafif Jouejati, from Local Co-ordinating Committee Syria, on workers in the Syrian uprising.
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Electro-Motive-CAW talks: Interview with Tim Carrie

Photo: Matt Adams

It's no secret that people in southwestern Ontario -- Londoners in particular -- are seriously pissed with Caterpillar. In fact, in an unprecedented show of support for labour, both London Mayor Joe Fontana and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty are on record as saying Caterpillar has been unfair to the employees of Electro-Motive.

Thursday afternoon I caught up with the president of CAW Local 27, Tim Carrie, in the lobby of the London Hilton during a break from closure negotiations with Caterpillar.

Meg Borthwick: So Tim, negotiations seem to be progressing ...



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A do not buy symbol marked with a large X

Whether protesting your university's pro-war investments or horrific conditions of workers in sweat shops sewing brand name clothes, a boycott is an effective way to send a message. It hits big business and local capitalist oppressors alike right where it hurts - the wallet. This guide will go over


What's a boycott?

Who can do it?

How to organize


What is it?


| January 20, 2012

Defending communities means standing up to corporate bullies

Photo: Rishabh Mishra/Flickr
We can help counter Caterpillar's corporate bullying by joining CAW picket lines and demanding that Canadian politicians hold the corporation accountable.

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| December 23, 2011
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